15 awards were presented to the leading firms in the UK and Ireland logistics sector at the Talent in Logistics Awards on 22 June 2017. The inaugural event was hosted by stand-up comedian and star of BBC One sitcom ‘Not Going Out’, Tim Vine.

Awards on the night included the LGV Driving Training Provider of the Year, Driver CPC Instructor of the Year and Transport Manager of the Year.

Taking place at the International Centre in Telford, the Talent in Logistics Awards are dedicated to recognising those who train, lead and inspire frontline logistics and transport staff.

LGV Awards

LGV Instructor of the Year was awarded to Mark Liggins from Goldstar Transport Ltd for his professionalism, excellent pass rate and desire to positively inspire future generations of LGV drivers. The award was sponsored by the National Register of Instructors (NRI).

Pertemps Academy won the LGV Driver Training Provider of the Year Award for consistently delivering high quality training evidenced through an excellent pass rate and high post training employment amongst trainees. Sponsor Merlin Supply Chain Solutions presented the award.

Driver CPC Awards

Martin Ready from John Lewis Distribution received the Driver CPC Instructor of the Year Award for delivering positive, engaging Driver CPC Periodic Training. This award was sponsored by the Road Haulage Association (RHA).

The Driver CPC Training Provider of the Year Award, sponsored by Women in Logistics, went to JK Transport Training Services Ltd for exceeding customer expectations and improving driver engagement.

Transport, Driver and H&S Awards

Sponsored by DFA Law, the award for Transport Manager of the Year went to Mair Jones of NPT Homes Ltd for her outstanding commitment to road user safety, customer service excellence and high levels of compliance.

Emma Ryan from John Lewis Distribution was named LGV Driver of the Year for being an ambassador and representing the driving industry in a positive and professional light. This award was presented by sponsor Pertemps Driver Training.

Sandra Fisher from Royal Mail UK won Health and Safety Leader of the Year, sponsored by Food Storage & Distribution Federation (FSDF), for making an exceptional contribution to the delivery of health and safety in the workplace.

Learning and Development Awards

Training/L&D Manager of the Year went to Andy O’Neill from Nagel Langdons Ltd who demonstrated an innovative approach to the training and development of logistics talent.  The award was presented by James Clifford, CEO of Specialised Training.

XPO Logistics received two awards. Their Operational Compliance Training Program won Training Program of the Year, sponsored by TJX Europe, and its Driver CPC Training Team won Training Team of the Year, sponsored by Abbey Logistics Group Ltd.

Christina Wilcox from CEMEX UK Ltd was recognised as Apprentice of the Year, sponsored by Qommunicate. She became the first female HGV driver apprentice for the company and the first ever female bulk cement tanker delivery driver in the CEMEX UK cement operation.

Material Handling Equipment Awards

Following a tough day of live competitions, International Forklift Operator of the Year was awarded to Simon Bottomley of Nasaleze. Sponsored by UniCarriers UK Ltd and partnered with McCue Corporation, the competition recognises operators who display outstanding skills and safety in counterbalance lift truck operation and operating tests.

Phoenix Training won Material Handling Equipment Training Provider of the Year, sponsored by McCue Corporation, for exceeding their customers’ expectations by improving safety and efficiency through the delivery of material handling training.

Lifetime Contribution Award

Prof. Richard Wilding OBE from Cranfield School of Management was presented with the Lifetime Contribution to Training and Development in Logistics Award for his service to the industry.

The awards followed the daytime Talent in Logistics Conference at the RTITB Headquarters where some of the key issues currently facing learning and development professionals in logistics were addressed.

The next Talent in Logistics Awards are set to to take place on 21 June 2018 in Telford.

For more information: www.talentinlogistics.co.uk.